Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

GM BOOTCAMP (OR HOW TO RUN A SPIFFY CONVENTION WARGAME)

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Setup, Furniture, Equipment... Rules Lawyers... Time and Endgame. Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray offers some "sage wisdom" for those wanting to run a convention game. Get your players in the groove, but know when "…you need to intervene and let the Dice Gods decide the issue…"


Armémuseum war games exhibition

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Go on a trip to the world of war games – from medieval knight´s chess to tabletop science fantasy miniature wargames of today. See how the games were used in military training and how it has influenced important events in history. On display 24 Feb 2017 – 7 Jan 2018.


Pickett’s Charge: What modern mathematics teaches us about Civil War battles

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This article, written for The Conversation web site, describes mathematical studies of Pickett's Charge and Culp's Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg. What if the generals had made different decisions?


The Importance of Being Galleys

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"Every grunt and tread head in the world will resent this statement: no major war has been won without the victor having sea supremacy." Jim Cobb examines a long and crucial phase of naval combat that has been little addressed by wargames. However, "That’s about to change."


More Spotlight articles...


Grognard News

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Perfect Opening - Axis Strategy for Leningrad '41

"Perfect"? We'll see about that... Mark D. pens a strategy article proposing a series of moves that the Axis player should make on the first Impulse of the July 1941 game turn. Whether the moves turn out to be perfect or not, Leningrad '41 is a fun and challenging game and is highly recommended for newbies and grognards alike.

Academy Games Announces a New Game!

Uwe Eickert, of Academy Games, announces a new game at the 2017 Origins Game Fair...

Leningrad '41 - On the Gaming Table

Finally got Leningrad '41 out of the box and on to the table! Just a few pics to showcase the game for now. Looking forward to playing the game and completing a complete review...

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3

The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

More Grognard Originals...


Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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In Memoriam

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All about Grognard.com!

About Grognard.com

To quote the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed:- Grognard: A soldier of Napoleon's Old Guard; a veteran soldier; grumbler (French). 'Grognard' is also slang for someone who likes playing wargames.


INTRODUCTION

'Grognard' is derivative slang for someone who likes playing wargames. 'Grognard.com' therefore has a unique collection of various conflict simulation game (i.e. wargame) information, including (but not limited to) rules errata and variants, game reviews and links to relevant web sites. The emphasis is on board wargames, but miniatures, computer and card-based wargames are also covered.


Who We Are

Beginning in December 2013, this site has been owned and operated by Mark D'Agosta. The site was conceived and capably operated by Alan Poulter from 1995 through January 2013. From January to early December 2013, the site was entrusted to caretaker Jason Pipes who "kept the lights on" during that period.

After undergoing an extensive re-design, the new Grognard.com was unveiled in February 2014 and has been active as a reliable gaming resource since then. Currently the site is maintained by:

  • Mark D'Agosta - Site owner and administrator.
  • Doug Holt - Assistant site administrator, developer and contributor.
  • Yannick St Onge - Assistant site administrator and contributor.
  • Pat La Pella - Assistant site administrator and contributor.
  • Ed Sommers - Database administrator and contributor.

Content Updates

Grognard.com used to only be updated weekly, on Sundays, but starting in February 2014, we have moved to a "continuous update" model, so new shares and submissions will be posted on an "as received" basis, which means as soon after receipt as possible. This site depends on shares/submissions for new material, so please contribute if you can. New instructions for sharing/submitting items can be found on the 'Share' page.



The Grognard Challenge

Each Sunday, sometime between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM, Grognard.com runs a competition known as the Grognard Challenge which challenges site visitors to identify a board game from pictures of its map and units. There are no prizes, :-( but the first person to submit a correct response using will have their name added to a winners list. Find out all about the current and past winners on the Grognard Challenge page.


Other Wargaming Resources

Jim Dunnigan's book The Complete Wargames Handbook, and SPI's Introduction to War Gaming (PDF file, 20mb) are dated, but still useful introductions to board wargaming. Another insight into the hobby is an Analysis of Top Wargames, 1958-2008 (PDF), based on data from Boardgamegeek. Finally, the British fanzine The Phoenix covers the SPI era in detail.

As far as video resources, you can watch a TV story on board wargaming featuring CABS (Columbus Area Boardgaming Society), a promotional film for board wargaming made by SPI in the 1970s and a film about The Sentry Box game store in Calgary.

The book 'Simulating War', by Professor Philip Sabin of Kings College London, is recomended as it "sets wargaming in the context of established scholarly techniques such as mathematical modelling, operational research, game theory and role playing, and explains how it unites all of these approaches in a synergistic whole". Other textbooks for game designers are Designing Modern Strategy Games and Modern Perspectives on Game Design, both by George Phillies and Tom Vasel. Finally, The Grog News blog is a useful source source of news relating games to reality.

You are also encouraged to check out "Tactical Wargamer's Journal", a periodical print publication by Michael A. Dorosh which can be purchased through his Tactical Wargamer web site. It covers all aspects of commercial tactical wargaming, and is a great resource for those interested in the hobby. Michael's site contains a wealth of information on books, board games, computer games, miniatures rules, publishers, role playing games and more. The Tactical Wargamer Web Site is well worth the time spent perusing.


Free Wargames to Get You Started

Of course there's no better introduction to board wargaming than actually playing one! Here are links to two free board wargames that you can "print and play": First Blood and Battle for Moscow.